Since its inception, Wolverine Pathways (WP) has served more than 1,150 students in grades 7 through 12 residing in Ypsilanti, Detroit and Southfield and has graduated 415 scholars.

The WP program is particularly impactful in increasing access to UM-AA for students who identify as underrepresented minorities (URM):

  • Compared to non-WP URM students from their respective high schools, WP students who identify as URM are 2.8 to 3.5 times more likely to be admitted to UM-AA and 2.4 to 4.7 times more likely to enroll at UM-AA
  • Black WP students are 3 to 3.7 times more likely to be admitted and 6 times more likely to enroll at UM-AA compared to same-race peers in their high school
  • Black WP scholars represent 20% of all Black in-state students matriculating as first-year students from 2018 to 2021

Upon enrollment to UM-AA, WP scholars generally perform competitively. As of winter 2022, the median cumulative GPA of all WP alumni who matriculated to UM-AA was 3.3. Despite the historically rooted inequities URM and first-generation college students face when pursuing an education, URM students have higher GPAs than non-URM students, and first-generation students have similar GPAs as non-first-generation students among WP matriculants to UM-AA.

These outcomes suggest that participation in WP helps “level the playing field” for highly motivated students from historically underserved and minoritized communities as they enter and transition into UM-AA.

To learn more, please see the Wolverine Pathways section of the downloadable DEI 1.0 Evaluation Report.

Wolverine Pathways

The Wolverine Pathways program supports the recruitment and retention of students in the state of Michigan by offering programming and resources to underserved communities to assist in making the University of Michigan and higher education more obtainable. The Wolverine Pathways (WP) program is a free, year-round program that partners with the families, schools, and communities of Detroit, Southfield, Ypsilanti, and Grand Rapids school districts. This infographic reports on four key data points: (1) there have been 569 active scholars within the 2021-2022 academic years. (2) From the first five cohorts, 469 scholars have graduated from the program. (3) 81% of WP graduates enrolled in or graduated from college. 209 reported from U-M Ann Arbor and 60 at U-M Dearborn. (4) WP graduates are 2.1 times more likely to be admitted to U-M Ann Arbor and 2.4 times more likely to enroll as compared to students from the same high schools in the first four cohorts.

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